Feds charge Lancaster man with stealing $102,000 in unemployment benefits

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HARRISBURG, Pa  – Angel Luis Carrasco-Rivera, 54 of Lancaster, is charged in federal court in Harrisburg with fraudulently obtaining unemployment benefits.

The Criminal Informations charge stems from Carrasco-Rivera filing claims for unemployment compensation benefits from 2008 through late 2012 with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.  He is alleged to have received more than $102,000 in benefits to which he was not entitled during that four-year period.  Carrasco-Rivera also allegedly knew he was not entitled to those benefits because he was employed full time when he applied for and received them.

The government also filed a plea agreement that calls for Carrasco-Rivera to plead guilty and also pay back the more than $102,000 he illegally obtained. The plea agreement is subject to the approval of the court.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations, with assistance from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Internal Audits Division.

Carrasco-Rivera faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison, a  term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.

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